Mark Sanford opposes offshore oil and gas drilling

BRUCE SMITH, Associated Press

Sanford announced Monday he is asking the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management not to allow seismic testing off the South Carolina coast.

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford is on record against offshore seismic testing and drilling for oil.

Sanford announced Monday he is asking the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management not to allow seismic testing off the South Carolina coast.

Sanford says under the current system, state officials would not have access to the results of seismic tests before the federal government approves drilling leases.

He says it makes no sense to go ahead with testing if states and local communities cannot see that data and have an in-depth discussion about the possible effects of drilling on the environment and tourism.

South Carolina's other coastal congressman, Tom Rice, favors exploration but says states must have a say in where offshore drilling is allowed.

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